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GREATER PITTSTON PROGRESS FILE PHOTO A family takes a horse-drawn carriage ride down Main Street during Christmas in Pittston.

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GREATER PITTSTON PROGRESS FILE PHOTO Payton Zielinski, of Pittston, talks to Santa at a past Christmas in Pittston.

Christmas will come to Pittston on a Friday evening this year, with all the trappings and festivities residents have come to expect from the downtown event.

“We’re trying something different,” city events coordinator Sarah Donahue said of the date change.

Typically held on a Saturday night, downtown Pittston will host Christmas in Pittston from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 , this year.

Donahue said Froggy 101 will return to host the Toy Truck Parade this year, with the parade kicking off at Cooper’s and making its way to Main Street and the Tomato Festival lot.

“It just looked so neat last year,” Donahue said. “That was a no-brainer for us. It was so beautiful with all the lights.”

Children can expect Santa Claus to arrive before the parade, making his way down from the library.

Through all the planning, Donahue said she looks forward to that moment of the night the most.

“Just seeing all the kids and seeing their faces when they see Santa Claus,” she said.

The event also will feature the lighting of the city Christmas tree, horse and carriage rides from Black Horse Farm Carriages, hot chocolate provided by the Salvation Army and performances from Spotlight Dance Studio and Broadway on the Boulevard.

Donahue said the city welcomes businesses getting involved in the event as well, like Merle Norman offering Santa Shimmer nails for kids and the Pittston Memorial Library’s reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.

City Trends Boutique will offer a Santa hat craft and photos with Cinderella for $5, Donahue said, and the Knights of Columbus will have hot chocolate available for anyone who stops by.

Donahue said she will be keeping an eye on the weather and has set a rain date of Sunday, Dec. 9, for the event.

“We had a beautiful Halloween night so hopefully we will have a great Christmas night,” she said.

sscinto@pittstonprogress.com